Funding for migration, border and security policies: Council agrees its position
As of June, the Council have reached a partial general approach on three sectoral home affairs proposals in the context of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period of 2021-2027. There is a increased in the scope of its support for measures in the fields of migration, border management and security in order to help address growing challenges. Horizontal issues are currently being discussed as part of the negotiations on the EU’s next MFF, as well as issues linked to the common European asylum system reform package, fall outside the scope of the agreements. The budget will be linked to the horizontal issues.
The sectoral home affairs proposals are:
- the asylum and migration fund, which will provide support to member states in their management of asylum and migration. The partial general approach equips the EU with the necessary tools to respond to evolving migration challenges, both within the EU and in cooperation with other countries.
- the instrument for financial support for border management and visa, which will ensure a strong and effective integrated border management at the EU’s external borders. The partial general approach reflects recent developments such as the planned expansion of the European Border and Coast Guard, the modernisation of the common visa policy and the development and interoperability of large-scale IT systems (including the European travel information and authorisation system, and the entry exit system).
- the internal security fund, which supports prevention and coordination between police, judicial and other competent authorities to protect citizens. The partial general approach builds on the existing fund and adapts it to new developments such as the need to intensify the fight against terrorism, serious and organised crime and cybercrime